Dr. John D. Welty

Senior Consultant

John Welty, Ed.D.


Strategic planning, university advancement and fundraising, team building, and executive coaching


During more than two decades at the helm of California State University, Fresno (Fresno State), Dr. John D. Welty expanded the school’s regional and global outreach initiatives, boosted private fundraising endeavors and strengthened campus diversity, innovation, service and community engagement. With a tenure that lasted from 1991 to 2013, Dr. Welty is the longest-serving president in the school’s 102-year history. He also served as President at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1984-1991) and held administrative positions at SUNY-Albany and Southwest Minnesota State University. He began his academic career as an admissions counselor at Michigan State University.

Dr. Welty was instrumental in establishing the Voluntary System of Accountability and twice was a member of the leadership team to create a strategic plan for the California State University System. He is a frequent speaker on the engaged university.


  • Founding chair, California Health Sciences University Board
  • Member, California Healthcare Foundation Board
  • Past chair, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Board of Directors
  • Past chair, Renaissance Group Board
  • Past chair, American Humanics, Inc. Board
  • Past chair, Cal State Online Advisory Board
  • Past chair, Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Accrediting Commission
  • Past member, Association of Public and Land Grant Universities Board of Directors
  • Past member, the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Board of Directors
  • Past member, Urban Serving Universities Board of Directors
  • Past member, National Collegiate Athletic Association Board of Directors
  • Past member, California Campus Compact Board of Directors
  • Co-founder, Fresno Business Council
  • Co-founder, Central Valley Higher Education Consortium
  • Past member, Fresno Chamber of Commerce Board
  • Past member, Economic Development Corporation Board
  • Past member, Fresno Compact Board
  • Past member, Maddy Institute of Public Affairs Board
  • Past member, Community Hospital Board
  • Past member, Regional Jobs Initiative Board
  • Past member, Collaborative Regional Initiative Board
  • Past member, Great Valley Center


  • Honorary doctorate, Western Illinois University
  • Chief Executive Leadership Award, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
  • Excellence in Public Service Award, Fresno Business Council
  • Sequoia Award, Great Valley Center
  • William Lyles Vision Award, honoring contributions to entrepreneurial education in Central California


Ed.D., Indiana University

M.A., Michigan State University

B.A., Western Illinois University